Saturday, March 29, 2014

Mary TV Daily Reflection 3/29/2014

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March 29, 2014

Dear Family of Mary!

Day 4 of the Novena to St. Isidore and St. Faustina for the grace to understand and love Confession!

Sincerity and openness

And again, I would like to say three words to the soul that is determined to strive for sanctity and to derive fruit; that is to say, benefit from confession.
First [word] - complete sincerity and openness. Even the holiest and wisest confessor cannot forcibly pour into the soul what he desires if it is not sincere and open. An insincere, secretive soul risks great dangers in the spiritual life, and even the Lord Jesus Himself does not give Himself to such a soul on a higher level, because He knows it would derive no benefit from these special graces. [113 - Diary]

Our Lady speaks of sincerity: 

"Dear children! Today I call you to look into your hearts sincerely and for a long time. What will you see in them? Where is my Son in them and where is the desire to follow me to Him? My children, may this time of renunciation be a time when you will ask yourself: 'What does my God desire of me personally? What am I to do?' Pray, fast and have a heart full of mercy. Do not forget your shepherds. Pray that they may not get lost, that they may remain in my Son so as to be good shepherds to their flock." March 18, 2009

Fr. Alfred Wilson:

The merit and value of our actions consists in our real purity of intention. It is of little avail to delude ourselves that we are acting solely for the love of God, if the real motivation of our actions springs from self-love. God is not deceived by our make-belief. "You are they who justify yourselves before men, but God knoweth your hearts." (Lk 16:15) What is essential is that we should be justified before God. Whilst our motives are a polyglot of vaguely recognized, instinctive, selfish urges, we cannot act solely for God. And until we act solely for God, we cannot become saints nor make the best effective use of our time.

To control and subordinate our natural and inevitably selfish urges, we must first have the honesty and courage to admit and face up to them. Until we face the facts, our love of God is bound to be, in part at least, more fictitious than real. (Fr. Alfred Wilson. "Pardon and Peace.")

Sincerity, like contrition, can only grow in us as we grow more in love with God, and less concerned for ourselves. The more we desire God, long for Him, love Him, the more we will see ourselves honestly and forthrightly, the more we will want to come clean before the Lord. May we set our hearts on our most adorable and loving Lord the more open they will become and the more sincere they will be.

Let us pray:

Dear Lord Jesus, we ask you to give us a true understanding of the necessity and grandeur of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Help us to recognize you in the confessional, waiting for us, waiting to forgive us and embrace us with your love and mercy. We need forgiveness. Help us to find our way into your arms.

St. Isidore, pray for us.
St. Faustina Kowalska, pray for us
St. Augustine, pray for us.
St. Padre Pio, pray for us.
Blessed John Paul II, pray for us.
St. Therese of Lisieux, pray for us.
St. Leopold Mandic, pray for us.
St. John Vianney, pray for us.
Father Slavko Barbaric
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us.
In Jesus' name we pray, amen.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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